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Walk 238: Little Amwell South-East Loop

2.7 miles (4.3km) with 47m of total ascent


Hertford Heath bridleway 4 between points 15 & 16
Hertford Heath bridleway 4 between points 16 & 17
This short loop follows both public rights of way and other trails across Hertford Heath, Golding's Wood, and Much Wood. Those with children might enjoy exploring 'Hertford Heath Fairy Trail' between points 5 & 6 on the walk. The walk starts and finishes at The Goat pub/restaurant and passes close to The College Arms.

The starting point for this walk is 1.7 miles south-east from Hertford East Station by road.

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Directions


Map for Walk 238: Little Amwell South-East Loop
Map for Walk 238: Little Amwell South-East Loop
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The Goat, Hertford Heath
1: With your back to The Goat pub/restaurant on Vicarage Causeway, Hertford Heath (location - https://w3w.co/edit.rounds.goal), take the road that heads SE with the village green on your right (location - https://w3w.co/bared.grit.catch). Continue for 100m along Mount Pleasant until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/pipes.elite.edit).

2: Head straight and SE on Mount Pleasant for 230m until the road becomes a track at a fork (location - https://w3w.co/precautions.pint.landed), see image below.

Turn right at the fork on Hertford Heath bridleway 5
Turn right at the fork on Hertford Heath bridleway 5

The information board at the start of the bridleway
The information board at the start of the bridleway
3: Turn right at the fork then head SE on Hertford Heath bridleway 5, which is metalled along this stretch. Continue for 140m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/shave.gravy.talent), see image below.

Keep right at the junction, still on Hertford Heath bridleway 5
Keep right at the junction, still on Hertford Heath bridleway 5
4: Keep right at the junction, still on Hertford Heath bridleway 5, then head SW for 120m until Hertford Heath bridleway 5 becomes a track (location - https://w3w.co/curry.shine.intro) see image below.

Continue along Hertford Heath bridleway 5
Continue along Hertford Heath bridleway 5
5: Continue along Hertford Heath bridleway 5, now heading SSW. Along this stretch you might notice a sign on your right for 'Hertford Heath Fairy Trail' which has small painted pieces of wood along the way with QR codes revealing stories about each stage of the trail, see images below.

Hertford Heath Fairy Trail
Hertford Heath Fairy Trail

One of the stages along the fairy trail
One of the stages along the fairy trail

The QR codes, scanned with a smartphone, reveal a story
The QR codes when scanned with a smartphone reveal a story
Continue heading SSW on Hertford Heath bridleway 5 for 255m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/entire.upon.actor), see image below.

Turn left at the junction
Turn left at the junction
* If you need refreshments you could take a short detour at this point to head 165m to visit The College Arms (location - https://w3w.co/fans.ending.complains), be sure to check opening times.
6: Turn left at the junction then follow the path ENE for 45m to a junction (location - https://w3w.co/limbs.over.crowned), see image below.

Take the left fork at the junction
Take the left fork at the junction
Take the left fork at the junction then head E for 80m until you reach a pond on the left (location - https://w3w.co/final.trails.spoil), see image below.

The pond on Hertford Heath between points 6 & 7
Pass the pond on the left
Immediately after the pond the path forks. You take the left fork (location - https://w3w.co/patch.insect.most), see image below.

Take the left fork immediately after the pond
Take the left fork immediately after the pond
Continue for 50m until the path forks right (location - https://w3w.co/valid.crass.atoms), see image below.

Take the right fork then continue to a junction
Take the right fork then continue to a junction
Continue for 60m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/extend.grant.learns).

7: Turn right then Head S, now on Hertford Heath bridleway 17, for 120m until the path forks, see image below.

Fork left, still on Hertford Heath bridleway 17
Fork left, still on Hertford Heath bridleway 17
Take the left fork then continue heading S, still on Hertford Heath bridleway 17, for 40m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/trials.stages.pitch), see image below.

Turn left then follow a paved path
Turn left then follow a paved path
8: Turn left then follow a paved path as it heads E for 300m before reaching a car park then sports fields  (location - https://w3w.co/cats.brains.asleep), see image below.

Keep heading E, with sports fields on the left and right
Keep heading E, with sports fields on the left and right
9: Keep heading E, with sports fields on the left and right, for 480m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/river.lift.bike), see image below.

Turn left on Hertford Heath footpath 18
Turn left on Hertford Heath footpath 18
10: Turn left on Hertford Heath footpath 18 then head NNW for 225m, with the trees on the right and the field on the left, until the path bends right (location - https://w3w.co/remain.lock.remote), see image below.

Turn right when you reach the woodland
Turn right when you reach the woodland then head ENE for 45m before turning left into the woodland (location - https://w3w.co/fingernails.towers.posed), see image below.

Turn left into the woodland then turn right
Turn left into the woodland then turn right
11: Turn left into the woodland then turn right and follow the path NE inside the edge of the woodland for 300m until the path bends left (location - https://w3w.co/belts.deeper.label).

12: Keep left then follow the path NW inside the edge of the woodland for 190m until you reach a left-hand bend (location - https://w3w.co/intervals.healers.aims), see image below.

Keep left then follow the path NW
Keep left then head SW
13: Keep left at the bend then head SW for 175m until you reach a bridge (location - https://w3w.co/hurray.visa.gravy), see image below.

Turn right then cross the bridge
Turn right then cross the bridge
14: Turn right, cross the bridge, then head NNW for 125m until you reach a left-hand bend (location - https://w3w.co/bumpy.fine.oldest), see image below.

Turn left then head WSW
Turn left then head WSW
15: Turn left then head WSW for 185m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/bumpy.fine.oldest), see image below.

Turn right at the junction
Turn right at the junction
Turn right at the junction then head NW for 10m to another junction, see image below.

Turn left then head WSW on Hertford Heath bridleway 4
Turn left then head WSW on Hertford Heath bridleway 4
16: Turn left at the junction then head WSW on Hertford Heath bridleway 4 for 435m until you reach a junction (location - https://w3w.co/detect.chase.movie), see image below.

Turn right at the junction, still on Hertford Heath bridleway 4
Turn right at the junction, still on Hertford Heath bridleway 4

Continue on Hertford Heath bridleway 4
17: Turn right at the junction, still on Hertford Heath bridleway 4, then head NW for 50m until you reach Mount Pleasant (location - https://w3w.co/school.third.bike).

18: Turn left on Mount Pleasant then head westerly for 430m back to The Goat and the starting point.

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